The Springtime brings on an array of sicknesses and can be difficult to distinguish between them, manage them and then treat them.
Sinusitis: Pressure on the face
Sinusitis is usually a chronic condition with the symptoms varying from tolerable to intolerable. Children will complain about headaches ( sometimes unilateral), a feeling of pressure around the eyes and cheeks, and a mild fever. Parents may notice their child has bad breath.
How to prevent: The best way to prevent sinusitis is to evaluate the diet. Gluten and dairy are the usual culprits by creating inflammation in the body (ie: sinus cavities). Remove all gluten and dairy for at least 2 weeks then re-introduce one for a whole day. Observe for 72 hours to see if there are any symptoms. Repeat with the other food.
In the moment: Hot and cold compresses to the affected area will increase the blood circulation and may be quite powerful in soothing and relieving any pain.
Ear infections: Ouch
Ear infections are very painful especially if not caught early. The classic sign is when kids begin pulling their ears, are a little more fussy and they may have a fever. Ear infections have a tendency to go away on their own but finding comforting ways to relive the pain is very important.
How to prevent: If your child has tendencies for ear infections, have them do ear exercises while in the car or watching television. They can gently pull their ear upwards, down and out. This may help release any pressure, wax or liquid in the ear canal that may lead to an infection.
In the moment: Hot and cold compresses to behind the ear, like with sinusitis, will increase circulation and bring some relief to the pain. Ear exercises may help as well.
Cold: It’s all in the nose
A cold will often begin 1 to 5 days after being exposed to a virus or bacteria. Symptoms will mainly stay in the nose giving runny, stuffy nose, and sneezing symptoms. Some colds will bring on a fever.
Flu: You are sick all over
Flus will begin abruptly with hardly any notice. Generally, a high fever will be the first sign following a flushed face, body aches and lack of energy. After a few days, symptoms may travel down the respiratory system creating sore throats, coughs and bronchitis.
A side note: It is best to consult your primary care physician if you suspect any of these illnesses, especially, if your child is under the age of 2.
The key to avoiding school or work absences is to be proactive and preventative.
Below a few simple tips to help you and your family be healthy this spring and summer!
Be diligent with hygiene. Make sure everyone is washing their hands with warm water and soap and covering their sneezes.
Eat whole colorful foods. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that will boost immune systems and keep your family healthy.
Drink water or herbal tea. Keeping hydrated is important as it keeps blood circulation moving optimally which will fuel your cells with nutrients, oxygen and white blood cells.
Sleep. Get a good night sleep. Sleeping is a time for the body to rest and do a little maintenance and repair.